Seoul to Anchorage takes only seven and a half hours.
general manager of Busch Canada (on the right) welcomes us on foreign
ground, as Dawson City, Canada, our first stop in Canada, is slightly
harder to get to than Anchorage.
I took this
picture before a policeman asked us to make a move. After some talking,
they let us on the field, thanks a lot.
can be opened in the back. This is how they loaded the cars.
And the Antonov
can be opened in the front. This is how they are going to unload
the cars. Very elegant!
Notice how the cockpit stays in place.
What does this remind of? The Concorde, of course, where the only
purpose of the hinging nose is for the pilots to be able to see
the ground when landing while at the same time keeping an aerodynamic
shape for supersonic flight. Today, engineers would solve the same
problem with simple video cameras.
The cars are
loaded tightly on the plane, on two levels. One of the officials
told me how the hardest bit was to get the middle cars on the second
level. Driving up a steep ramp at reasonable speed while avoiding
scratching cars on the left and cars on the right.
The other hardest bit must have been the flight itself: A dozen
of officials and few members of crew in a small cabin with no windows
on a day's flight. (there are some "living quarters" inside
the plane but not designed for so many people)
of François and Shirin from Geneva is the first to leave
the plane (all cars are driven by the rally officials). Heavy Lift
(written on the nose) is a company based in Cambridge, UK renting
the Antonov to people who need to transport something BIG and FAST.
us at the Aviation museum. Second from right is Matt, a friend of
Sami from M.I.T. who works in Anchorage for British Petroleum. (not
a very good photo, I know)
The plane on the left is a submarine-hunter from second world war
which crashed but was recovered and reassembled.
Antonov, a Russian
masterpiece. About 200 of these were built and it carries about
120 tons of goods. Our cars, weight-wise were not even half of that
but space-wise filled up the plane. There is also an Antonov which
can carry 160 tons but only one was built. Presumably that is the
largest transport plane in the world.
Change of vehicle
made on a person by the Antonov is much better if you are not allowed
to look into this back-room.
is revealing its treasures. Guess who is parked in pole position,
on the top left.
42 is about to touch American ground for the first time in its life.
and the Antonov.
Notice that it is about 10 or 11 o'clock in the evening.
We must be quite far up north, then!